Experiencing Quarantine Depression? Three Things You Can Do to Help

by | Feb 1, 2024 | Adult Counseling

This is the time of year when many people experience seasonal depression. Not to mention the social isolation of a pandemic. And what about the unrest in the world? It’s not surprising then that many of us are experiencing symptoms of depression.

If you are already living with depression, the social isolation may make day to day activities even more difficult.

You are doing all of the things you are supposed to be doing to keep yourself and others safe. But you know that this means that you are sliding back to a place you don’t want to stay.

You deserve to not only keep yourself healthy physically but mentally as well. Here are three steps that you can implement today.

1. Develop a routine.

Right now, it’s easy to feel like one day drifts into the next. Our routines have been disrupted but creating your own can help in several ways. First, it can help you stay focused in the here and now. When we are feeling depressed, its easy to feel like things are never going to get better. Second, having something to look forward to can help us to find motivation. Finally, a routine is something that we have control of. This may help you gain a sense of control over your environment.

2. Get outdoors.

This can be a tricky one when the weather isn’t optimal, but it can be done. Look at the weather forecast for the week for a sunny day. Even ten minutes of sun exposure can help raise our vitamin D levels and improve mood. Getting outdoors also helps us remember that we do not exist in isolation. We can still be safe while going on a walk or talking to a neighbor across the street. Finally, getting outdoors often promotes exercise. We know that exercise releases endorphins which have been shown to give a positive feeling.

3. Create a home environment you love.

We are spending more time at home than ever before. Our environment can have a significant impact on our mental health. You don’t need big expensive changes to create a lasting effect. Perhaps you’ve always loved candles or a particular scent. Add that to your living space. Maybe the idea of a warm, fuzzy blanket brings feelings of peace. Add one to your couch. Even something as simple as opening the curtains or blinds to let in more natural light can have a positive effect. And if you’re up for a bigger project? Considering painting a room or rearranging furniture.

Ready to get started?

During times of stress, our mental health is often the first thing to get pushed to the back burner. But that doesn’t mean you are powerless to prevent it. Give yourself credit for the steps you are taking. Be kind to yourself and extend grace. Celebrate small victories. And remember that each day is a new chance to implement a small change. If you feel like you need additional support, talking with a licensed mental health professional may be beneficial. We would love to help support you during this time.

About the author:

<a href="http://collectivehopecounseling.com/about" target="_blank">Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis</a>

Stephanie Rodenberg-Lewis

Stephanie is a licensed professional counselor, a registered play therapist, a national certified counselor and a certified school counselor. She has over 17 years of experience working with children as a classroom teacher, school counselor and licensed therapist. She founded Collective Hope Counseling in August 2020 to help serve her community. With her extensive experience in child development, she knew she wanted to work with kids and their families. Stephanie completed additional training in child centered play therapy and became a certified+ play therapy professional in 2024.